People often ask me about various government policies and why they persist even though they have been shown to have failed. The dirty little secret seems to be that those in power want to control the actions of the rest of us, regardless of whether those policies are “effective” in achieving the proscribed goal.
One recent story that came to my attention is from a school district in Chicago that is FORCING children into the school lunch program. No lunch from home. In the area of school “nutrition” programs, it started years ago with the federal school lunch program for low-income children although the public schools have been effective in promoting obedience for years. First Lady Michelle Obama more recently took up the nutrition control cause as have legislators in New Mexico. The state knows what is best for your children, of course!
And, while I could go on, check out this Congressman’s (justified) rant on the CFL light bulbs which will effectively become mandatory soon. Mind you, this law was supported by many Republicans (including Sen. Domenici) and signed by George W. Bush. The idea that the federal government should tell Americans what type of light bulb to use is just silly and of course found nowhere in the Constitution. But, it again controls our behavior and extracts obedience.
What’s the point? There is an ever-growing number of people who derive their wealth from the labor of the rest of us. They NEED us to think that we need them to tell us what to do. We don’t. Waking up to that fact is the clearest path to freedom.